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Tribute to Ama Ata Aidoo: Africa’s literary icon, fear writer who inspired Burna Boy

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Tribute to Ama Ata Aidoo: Africa’s literary icon, fear writer who inspired Burna Boy

Ama Ata Aidoo, the acclaimed Ghanaian author and poet whose words danced upon the page with eloquence and power, has passed away at the age of 81. Throughout her illustrious career, Aidoo’s literary contributions touched the hearts and minds of readers worldwide, painting vivid pictures of the African experience and challenging societal norms with unyielding courage.

One particular moment that encapsulated Aidoo’s indomitable spirit was her speech from her 1987 interview featured in the Afrobeat singer Burna Boy’s song, “Monsters You Made.” In this powerful anthem popularly titled “What would the world be without Africa?” Aidoo’s voice reverberated, intertwining with Burna Boy’s electrifying music to deliver a resounding message of resilience and liberation.

In her speech, Aidoo spoke with unwavering conviction, confronting the monstrous systems of oppression that have plagued her beloved continent for centuries. Her words, infused with wisdom and grace, echoed through the lyrics, resonating deeply with listeners across the globe. Through her participation in this musical masterpiece, Aidoo showcased her unwavering dedication to amplifying the voices of the marginalized and bringing attention to the urgent issues that demanded attention.

But Aidoo’s impact extends far beyond this momentary collaboration. Born on 23 March 1942 in Abeadzi Kyiakor, near Saltpond, in the Central Region of Ghana, she blazed a trail as a fierce advocate for gender equality and social justice throughout her literary career. Her renowned novel, ‘Changes’ published in 1993, explored the complexities of a changing society, daring to challenge the norms and traditions that stifle progress.

Aidoo fearlessly ventured into uncharted literary territory, weaving narratives that highlighted the often-overlooked stories of African women. Through her celebrated works, including ‘Our Sister Killjoy’ and ‘Anowa’ Aidoo unapologetically exposed the layers of patriarchy, colonialism, and cultural tensions that constrained her society. With a masterful command of language, she wove these themes into a tapestry of beauty and resilience, empowering generations to question an

Beyond her written works, Aidoo was a trailblazer in the realm of education and activism. She championed the importance of education as a means of liberation, tirelessly advocating for the empowerment of African youth. Aidoo’s tenacity and intellect inspired countless individuals to dream beyond the constraints imposed upon them, sparking a fire of hope that continues to burn brightly today.

Over the course of her long and illustrious career, Aido continued to push the boundaries of African literature, experimenting with form and genre and tackling a wide range of social and political issues. Her works, which include novels, plays, and poetry, are characterized by their lyrical prose, incisive social commentary, and unflinching honesty.

She served as the Minister of Education in Ghana from 1982 to 1983, and later founded the Mbaasem Foundation, an organization that supports women’s writing in Africa.

As news of Aidoo’s passing spreads, tributes pour in from literary communities, scholars, and admirers around the world. Lola Shoneyin, a Nigerian author described Aidoo as her literary mother, a towering figure and feminist who taught her and always had the right words. She also sent condolences to her daughter Kinna Likimani who took after her mother’s footsteps becoming an editor and a literary critic.

Aidoo’s legacy as a literary icon and fearless activist will forever be etched into the records of African literature, and her words serving as a beacon of light for generations to come.Her passing is a loss not only for Ghana and Africa but for the entire literary world.

Her memory will forever be cherished, her works cherished, and her spirit will live on in the hearts of those she inspired. Rest in power, Ama Ata Aidoo, for you have left an indelible mark on the world.
-Businessday

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Angel, 2 other housemates evicted from BBNaija All Stars

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The ongoing Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) All Stars edition on Sunday witnessed the eviction of housemates Venita Akpofure, Soma and Angel.

The show host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu announced the eviction on Sunday.

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Housemates up for possible eviction for the week were earlier announced as: Adekunle, Pere, Venita, Soma and Angel.

CeeC, Mercy, Ilebaye and Cross are already finalists for this year’s edition.

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Fuji musician, KWAM 1, completes 7-day seclusion rites

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Fuji musician, KWAM 1, completes 7-day seclusion rites

Popular Nigerian Fuji musician King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, known as KWAM 1, has emerged from seclusion after completing a seven-day traditional rite.

He was seen dressed in white regalia, adorned with leopard skin, exiting his Ojushagbola family house with his wife, Emmanuella Ropo.

This period of seclusion was in honour of his new and prestigious chieftaincy title, recently bestowed upon him in his hometown of Ijebu-Ode.

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The title, “Olori Omo Oba Akile Ijebu,” was graciously given to K1 by the Awujale of Ijebu Land, HRM Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Kayode Adetona, Ogbagba Agbotewole II.

Previously held by the late Balogun, the title symbolised the strength and dignity of the Ijebu people.

KWAM 1’s attainment of this prestigious title reflects his remarkable contributions to the enhancement of Ijebuland’s reputation and, by extension, the entire Yorubaland.

Prior to this latest honour, he had already earned the title of Mayegun of Yorubaland, which further solidified his status as a respected figure in the Yoruba community.

Fuji musician, KWAM 1, completes 7-day seclusion rites

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Burna Boy’s concert in South Africa cancelled over alleged theft

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Burna Boy’s concert in South Africa cancelled over alleged theft

A concert scheduled for Burna Boy in South Africa was reportedly cancelled due to R10 million theft allegations.

The Afro-fusion singer was expected to perform at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on September 23.

Burna Boy, however, called off the event over organisers’ inability to meet their “contractual, financial, production, and technical obligations”.

The Nigerian singer also dismissed claims that the concert was cancelled due to low ticket sales.

However, according to a report, a R10 million fraud case was what led to the cancellation of Burna Boy’s concert in Johannesburg.

Sowetan Live reports that Sedote Nwachukwu, the CEO of Ternary Media Group, the entertainment company organising the ‘Twice as Tall’ hitmaker’s concert, is accused of stealing the amount from the show’s budget.

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The South African daily newspaper added that a case of fraud was opened by Nwachukwu’s business partner Gregory Wings at the Sandton police station.

Nwachukwu, who was also relieved of his duties, however, denied the allegation in a chat with News24.

“The allegations made against me is that I did not pay these people,” he said.

“The production budget ballooned from $200 000 to $665 000, which we did not account for due to the ever-changing production equipment that was added only one week prior to the event. This obviously impeded the event.”

In a statement on Wednesday, the entertainment company announced a leadership transition.

“Due to pending legal proceedings related to an upcoming Burna Boy concert in Johannesburg, the event has been postponed,” the statement reads.

“In light of the allegations of misconduct, Ternary Media Group has relieved Mr [Sedote] Nwachukwu of his CEO responsibilities until further notice.”

Last Thursday, Pro Tickets changed the status of Burna Boy’s concert from postponed to cancelled following the allegations.

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